Oakland's own bizarro sax/drum trio Wiener Kids presents a very special evening of music in celebration of their 10 year anniversary. To help them celebrate, they have invited friends Fred Frith, Jason Hoopes, Christina Stanley and Crystal Pascucci. They will play selections from their extensive catalog, ranging from the whimsical to the profound.
Brainchild of drummer/composer Jordan Glenn, Wiener Kids represents Glenn’s vast interests in improvised and classic chamber music, jazz, garage rock and the arcane practices of instrument builders like Roscoe Mitchell, Paul Dresher, Dan Rathbun (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) and Kenny Wollesen, all filtered through this unique trio of reeds and percussion. Formed in 2007 with the help of saxophonists Aram Shelton and Cory Wright, Wiener Kids hit the Bay Area underground music scene playing music that has been described as whimsical, cartoon-like, meticulous and at the same time profound and chaotic. It is music inspired by small dogs, old bikes, Jim Henson’s Muppets, Pee-wee Herman, cheap Halloween costumes, babies with glasses and other wiener kids.
As the years have gone by the pallet of the band has expanded to incorporate percussion sounds from near and far. Objects/instruments include gongs, tin cans, tibetan bowls, bundt pans, chromatic cowbells, triangles, car springs, suitcase-vibraphone, glockenspiels and various whistles, drums and bells.
Jordan Glenn: drums, percussion, compositions
Aram Shelton: alto saxophone, bass clarinet, percussion
Cory Wright: baritone saxophone, clarinet, percussion with special guest
Fred Frith: guitar
Jason Hoopes: bass
Christina Stanley: violin
Crystal Pascucci: cello
Doors 9:30 pm, Show 10:00
$10-15 sliding scale donation
** No refunds or exchanges are permitted **